Levens is a village and parish of approximately 450 homes and 1000 people situated in south Cumbria. The Levens Village website is managed by Levens Parish Council and the community itself. On here you will find more information about Levens Village, the area, activities that are going on, the community, the various Groups that we have, local businesses and a list of useful local contacts. If you have any comments or information and photos you would like to add, please get in touch.
About Levens Village
Where is Levens?
North of the Morecambe Bay estuary, between the Rivers Gilpin and Kent, six miles south of Kendal and just outside the southern boundary of the Lake District National Park - see our Map
Recorded as Lefuenes in the Domesday Book, the friendly village of Levens was formerly known as Beathwaite Green until the Parish was created in 1836. Covering a swathe of the Lyth Valley, famed for its pretty damson trees, between the Rivers Gilpin and Kent, the Parish includes Levens Hall, pasture farming, woodland and low fells. Traces of settlement here since the Bronze, Iron, Romano-British and Viking Ages have been found.
Pleasant walks abound in this limestone area. Rare plants nestle on neighbouring Scout Scar and Whitbarrow Scar with their limestone pavements; unusual goats and deer frequent Levens Hall Park where the Hall displays its famous topiary gardens; Sizergh Castle, gardens and estate are also a short walk away.
Several cycleways pass through the village. These are:-
Walney to Wear (70)
The Bay Cycleway (700)
Lakes & Dales Loop
Levens Village Shop and the Hare and Hounds pub both have lots to tempt you by way of refreshment en route!
Of the three pubs within the parish, the Hare and Hounds is in the village, the Gilpin Bridge Inn is nearby just off the A590 and the Strickland Arms is at Sizergh.
Services include the C of E Primary School, St John’s (C of E) Church, Methodist Chapel, Levens Village Shop, Linda's hairdressers - and Post Office facilities on three afternoons – all in the village centre. Fish and Chip take-away van comes to main bus stop each Wed, 5pm to 7pm.
Accommodation is available at the Hare and Hounds, Gilpin Bridge Inn and at various B&Bs.
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